Lives in United States FL, United States
Joined on Oct 26, 2007

gatorowl's current gear

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D)
Nikon D800E
Pair this body with the 24-70L II and 70-200L II, and you have an amazing events kit. However, for ultimate IQ, look to the D800E.
Ergonomically the 5D3 is better and faster. But when I want the very best IQ, I always reach for this camera.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
Absolutely superb. But the non-L macro is so good, is this lens worth the premium?
Lovely lens. Matches the 24-70L II at 24, but shouldn't a prime better the zoom? IS doesn't make much of a difference at this focal length, but the compact size is a real advantage.
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR
Definitely a kit lens. Very much okay but not the choice when IQ is paramount. I'd sell it if there was a decent market for it.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G
Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM
This lens has never excited me. It's perfectly competent but it has never wowed me. Perhaps the great Canon telephoto lenses I have used raised my expectations too high. Regardless, it is a keeper and is good enough to be part of my two-lens Nikon travel kit
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A
Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD
This lens and my Nikon 85mm 1.4G are simply my most awe-inspiring lenses for IQ

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Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A
Nikon D810

gatorowl's previous gear

Canon EOS 40D
Canon EOS 300D (EOS Digital Rebel / EOS Kiss Digital)
Nikon D90
For me, the D90 provided the best IQ in a crop-sensor camera. Excellent DR, beautiful color and contrast, and useable IQ nearly to ISO 3200. However, ergonomically, not as good as the 7D.
Canon EOS 7D
Nikon D5100
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM
Mismatch for my shooting style. Brilliant AF accuracy, speed, and flexibility. Ergonomically excellent but has low DR and noise at low ISO. Plus it quickly loses color even at moderate ISO. I'd use it at ISO1600, but I wasn't happy with the lost of color and contrast even at this moderate ISO. I ended up using D90 when IQ mattered
Beautiful IQ but almost never used. Wish it had IS
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Great lens in its day, but there are too many better alternatives. World-class center sharpness paired with mediocre corners. I much prefer the incredible Nikon 18-35G or Tokina 16-28. If I shot more landscape with my Canon kit, I'd consider the Canon 16-35 f/4 L.
Physically, too long. Never used after acquiring 70-300L.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM
An absolutely amazing lens. However, when I realized that the last time I used it was almost two years ago, it had to go. Not needing f/2.8, the 70-300L more than met my needs for this zoom range.
The lens made me realize that I'm not a normal-range zoom guy. I never got a "wow" shot out of this lens. It's perfectly competent but weighs too much to cart around when it doesn't produce images that elevate my heart rate.